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Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio in Obesity and Health

Is the modern day composition of food impacting our health?
  • Is our general health affected by the altered composition of our food brought about largely by agricultural and farming practices?
  • Is the growing epidemic of obesity not just a function of more calories in?
  • Is the failure to lose weight not as easy as just calorie restriction?
  Are all calories equal? Human beings h...
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February 14, 2017.  Talk show on "Perimenopause" and Hormone Therapy" in "Modern Deborah" progam on Fairchild Radio. Listen to Dr Cheung's discussion  posted on "Modern Deborah" Facebook page. February 15th, 2017. Dr Cheung presented a talk on "PCOS - Fertility and Health Risks Related to Pathophysiology" at the Personalized Medicine Initiative (PMI) in UBC Life Sciences Centre....
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Optimistic at Age 42

My story begins about a year and a half ago when I was monitoring my menstrual cycle, hoping to start trying to conceive. I monitored for a few months using an ovulation kit, but didn’t see any “peak” period. I spoke with my nurse practitioner about the issue, and given my age (41) she referred me to Dr Cheung at Grace Fertility. I met with Dr Cheung and shared with him that 10 years ago I didn't have a menstrual cycle for a year. I recall consulting with an endocrinologist at that time...
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Optimistic at 42 Part 2

And so my story continues. In September 2014, we went ahead and transferred all three frozen embryos. While Dr. Cheung was a little hesitant at first (due to the ethics involved in multiple embryo transfers and potential multiple births), he was ultimately supportive because 1) I was 42 years old, 2) this was my third IVF cycle, and 3) I had already transferred 9 embryos, with no sustained healthy pregnancy. This time I felt ever so slightly different. I’m finding i...
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Managing infertility in PCOS – lifestyle modifications, clomiphene, letrozole, gonadotropins and IVF.

A cornerstone of managing PCOS is lifestyle modifications. In many women, losing as little as 10% of body weight and maintaining the weight loss can restore normal menstrual patterns. However, weight loss can be challenging for many obese women with PCOS. Other treatments, such as progestogens or birth control pills, are aimed at restoring regular periods and reducing the risks of developing abnormal uterine lining. Some birth control pills and medications such as spironolactone and flutamine, w...
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In PCOS, the inter-relationship between obesity, altered insulin sensitivity, and unbalanced hormones secreted by the ovary is complex, and its nature is still not completely understood. As well as increased obesity around the abdomen, there are also increased numbers of fat cells surrounding the internal organs (“visceral fat”).

Although the cause of PCOS is unknown, abnormalities related to insulin actions are common.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to a rising blood sugar level, such as occurs after a meal. In PCOS, due to a decreased sensitivity to insulin action (“insulin resistance”), a higher output of insulin (“hyperinsulinemia”) is required to control normal tissue and blood sugar levels. Eventually, even increased insulin output fails to maintain n...

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Mindfulness and meditation are effective ways in dealing with stress and coping with challenging life events

As part of the original mandate of Grace Fertility Centre to create an integrated approach to infertility, we are launching our Mind Body Program. Mind-body connection is not a new concept, but it will the first for such a program in BC. How can we reduce stresses related to day-to-day living?  What about the psychological impact of infertility and stress on pregnancy outcomes? How can we achieve balance and serenity faced with daily adversities and distractions? These questions and mo...

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In the first of a series of new fertility treatment articles, Dr Anthony Cheung explains Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women that covers a spectrum of variable features, but is typically characterized by increased male hormones (androgens) and irregular periods, hence, lack of regular ovulation. Doctors may suspect increased androgens because of physical changes such as excessive hair growth, or the increased androgens may be discovered by blood tests. The diagnosis of PCOS is on the proviso that other causes of irregular menstrual periods and elevated andr...

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